Best Things to Do in New York City for Valentine’s Day!

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Here at Smart Destinations, we think Valentine’s Day should be a holiday for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re happily in love, single and loving it, or testing the waters with a new Valentine’s Day date! Luckily, there are so many things to do in New York City for Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status. Take a look at some of our top picks for fun and romance on the 14th. For Singles Contrary to popular belief, Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for singles. Rather than stress about finding the perfect gift or planning the perfect date, you can spend all your time thinking about how to pamper yourself—we have a feeling that won’t be a challenge. But after making your way through a box of chocolates, why not get out and join other singles for a fun night … [Read more...]

Things to Do in Miami on Valentine’s Day

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Miami has plenty of things to do on Valentine's Day this year. So many, in fact, that you may have a tough time picking just one. I've put together a list of my favorite events in the area to help you decide before the deadline this Thursday: Dining with Dolphins at the Seaquarium If you're looking to impress an animal lover, treat your date to a night with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium. From 8-10 PM this Thursday, the Seaquarium will keep its doors open for couples to enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking the Dolphin Harbor. Here's a look at the menu from the Seaquarium's website: 1st Course Share a Valentine’s Day Dinner for two and bottle of wine on the terrace overlooking our playful dolphins. 2nd Course Two certificates to come back and swim with our dolphins. 3rd … [Read more...]

Things To Do in San Diego: Get a Move On

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Looking for new things to do in San Diego? Well get a move on! San Diego's mild climate and 300+ public parks make it the perfect winter destination to explore outside. Whether you walk, bike, kayak, or even go-kart, here's how to get going in San Diego: Walking Tours of the City in Motion San Diego is ranked in the top 20 most walkable large cities in the United States, and for good reason. Neighborhoods like the Gaslamp Quarter are easily navigable with big open streets, and provide a number of shops, restaurants, and clubs to entertain you while you make your way around. The Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour offered every Saturday will introduce you both to the area and its significant history as the first settled area of modern San Diego. While you will hear about the Quarter's more … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Top Attraction: The Oscars

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One of the most popular of all Los Angeles attractions is also its most exclusive - the Academy Awards, more commonly known as The Oscars, will hold its 85th awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24th. Less than 4,000 people attend the ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, while more than 30 million viewers tune in to see who will take home awards for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, and of course, Best Picture. Luckily, you can still walk the red carpet, grab a photo of an Oscar-winner, and watch the live ceremony for much less than the cost of a ticket to the Dolby Theatre. Here's a look at how you can celebrate the Oscar season in Los Angeles: Celebrate with the Academy The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has come up with a set of events that … [Read more...]

My Destination Launches the Biggest Baddest Bucket List Travel Contest!

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Here at Smart Destinations, we love all things travel! That’s why we’re super excited to announce that our friends over at My Destination, our favorite world travel resource, are launching the most incredible travel contest we’ve ever seen: The Biggest, Baddest Bucket List. The Prize A six month, six continent ALL-INCLUSIVE trip around the world, where you choose the destinations and the itinerary. PLUS an additional $50,000 cash when you return from your trip. All the technological gadgets you need to document your journey thoroughly (camera, phone, etc). We’re not kidding. This is real. Biggest, Baddest Bucket List Thanks to Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, we all know what a bucket list is—a list of amazing experiences! So what makes this the biggest and the … [Read more...]

Orlando Attractions for Sports Fans

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It's no surprise that there are plenty of Orlando attractions for sports fans; Florida's warm weather and leisurely attitude make it a perfect spot to practice your golf swing or take a spin around an outdoor race track. And speaking of race tracks, let's not forget that Florida is the headquarters of NASCAR. Here's a look at how you and your fellow sports fan can get the most out of your next Orlando vacation: Go Karts, Games, and the Great NASCAR Track Channel your favorite NASCAR driver at Fun Spot's two Florida locations in Kissimee and Orlando! Each Fun Spot Florida location offers its own unique Go-Kart tracks, with multilevel racing and track challenges like hairpin turns and 30 foot hills. The Vortex track at Fun Spot USA even has a 32 degree banking curve - steeper than any on … [Read more...]

Oahu Attractions: Pro Bowl Preview

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In January, there is one Oahu attraction enjoyed by local Hawaiians, visiting tourists, and television viewers alike: the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. This year, the NFL's all star game will be taking place on Sunday, January 27 with kick-off at 2 PM HST (7 PM EST). Players from 26 NFL teams will face off in front of more than 13 million viewers nationwide. Here's a look at how you can celebrate the game in Oahu this weekend: 2013 Pro Bowl Celebrations Since 1980, the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii has been home to the NFL's Pro Bowl Game, a showdown between the best players of its two leagues: the AFC and the NFC. Official Pro Bowl festivities begin on Friday with Eat the Street, a food truck rally close to downtown Honolulu. Over 40 food trucks and street vendors will be opening up at 4 PM … [Read more...]

See It All at the Top of the Rock!

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You can see it all at the Top of the Rock during New York City's less busy season for tourism and travel this winter. Ticket prices to NYC typically increase around March and April as students go on spring break and families begin to plan spring vacations. Now's a better time than ever to plan a cheap trip to New York City. The Top of the Rock is a perfect spot to kick off your tour of the city - colder weather and less tourists mean quicker access to the Top. Rockefeller Center will introduce you to some of New York City's biggest names past and present, from John D. Rockefeller himself all the way to recent Golden Globes host and 30 Rock star Tina Fey. Best of all, the Top of the Rock offers some of the best views of New York City landmarks. like nearby Central Park, and all five … [Read more...]

New York City Attractions: Jazz in NYC

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Have you been struggling to find New York City attractions to enjoy during the winter? While a stroll through Central Park is just as beautiful in January as it is July, the cold can get to anyone. Most travelers escape chilly city winds by popping in and out of stores, settling into a Broadway theater, or setting a credit card down for a fancy dinner out. This weekend, why not try something new? The New York City Winter Jazzfest returns to Manhattan for its ninth year of group performances and shows. Here's a breakdown of this year's schedule, and tips to turn this festival into an entirely new weekend getaway in NYC: 2013 NYC Winter Jazzfest: 70+ Performers at 5+ Venues New York City's ties to jazz music extend all the way back to the 1920s, suggesting that it is a "home among homes" … [Read more...]

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

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Looking for tips on how to stop feeling sad around the holidays? FamilyDoctor.org reports that up to 20% of people in the US experience lower levels of energy and feelings of sadness during winter. If you one of these people feeling a little blue this week, you may be able to perk up with a few of our tips: Be Realistic & Delegate Let-downs during the holidays can give anyone the blues. Whether you didn't receive the top gift on your list, are stuck far from home due to work, or simply aren't having as good of a time as you did last year, there are plenty of things that can get you down on the holidays. One of the best ways to combat "not-good-enough" feelings is to be realistic. Remember that most everyone, including yourself, is under a time, money, or similar constraint during the … [Read more...]